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Women Emancipation through Cooperative Societies in Nigeria

Women Emancipation through Cooperative Societies (A Case of Nwanne – Di-Na-Mba Cooperative Society Asata Enugu, Enugu State)

ABSTRACT

This study is aimed at defining out the possible role of cooperative society in the emancipation of women or their liberation in Asata.  A case study of Nwanne di na mba Women Cooperatives.  This is in view of the fact that women in this part of the country are only seen to have their portion in the kitchen and finally being housewives. Thus standing to support the saying “women education ends in the kitchen”.  This situation persisted up till about 1929 when we had Aba women riot, which made women realize that they could participate in other social, economical, and political activities. Women emancipation could be said to be the act of giving the women equal right with the men counterpart either politically.  Legally, socially and economically.  This could lead to a better living standard for all since their economic emancipation could mean more hands going into production and subsequently more food production. This research work was carried out in Asata through the study of registered women cooperative societies randomly chosen to cover the whole section and tribe. The researcher used questionnaire and oral interview to determine how cooperative has helped in the emancipation of women.

CHAPTER ONE

1.0   INTRODUCTION

        The lack of a full-scale involvement of women in economical and political activities of the country previously made it impossible to know the roles and contribution women have contributed to the growth of this country.

Women emancipation through cooperative society may not be fully appreciated and understood without addressing such issues as “what is women emancipation”, “what is cooperative societies”? And how can women be emancipated through cooperative societies”?

Women emancipation is all about women being free from social restrictions. And cooperative societies according to (Onoh, 1996 Page 1) defined cooperative societies as a group of people with common goals, who run an enterprise in order to achieve their aims and objectives.

Women emancipation through cooperative societies could be said to be the involvement of women through cooperative societies, which help to liberate them and be independence and solve their daily needs, by themselves.

1.1   BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

        The plight for women emancipation in Nigeria could be traced to the Aba women Riot of 1929 which exposed the women to their true position and ability, giving birth to women pilots.  Journalists, lawyers, doctors. This contribute to the growth and development of their Communities Local Government State and the nation at large.  This has led to the saying “what a man can do, a woman can do and even better.

Before now, women were said to be relevant only in child bearing, cooking and overall fairly management of the home and not to be involved in economic social or political activities.

They were poorly regarded in the society and as much were deprived most of their human right.  During the “industrial revolution” much was not known of women economic activities, it was later that it became clear that women could participate in the formation of co-operative especially in the trading and consumer co-operative societies.  This was also the same with Nigeria, that after the Aba women riot women in the Northern part of Nigeria are generally confused due to religious retractions.

Even though some of these women are enlightened and are becoming more vocal in campaigning against such practices.

Today in Nigeria, government has placed much emphasis on the emancipation and empowerment of women by encouraging them to come together and form co-operative organizations and providing money as loans through various channels like  family economic advancement programme” all aimed at the emancipation of women and leading to women becoming the bread winner in most Nigeria families.  Today women can be seen in all fields of Endeavour.

I.2    STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

At present, the growing rate of women participation in political, social, religious and economic activities is encouraging and needs to be sustained.

It is evident that a close study of the role of women in cooperative suggests that the development of our country could be achieved quicker by the women emancipation through cooperative.

Since the role of women cannot be over emphasized every man needs the assistance of a woman one way or the other for continuity.

Women emancipation has become one of the tasks for leaders in Nigeria and especially Nwanne di na mba women cooperative of Asata.  This research work is therefore geared toward investigating weather women of Nwanne di na mba cooperative of Asata are restricted by any form of political, social and economic activities/barriers.

Also it aimed at ascertaining to what extent their membership of cooperative has helped to free them from these restriction all with a view to suggest possible ways or approaches which may help in combating or changing the situation through cooperative societies.

1.3   PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

        The study is aimed at

(A)    Enabling women of Nwanne di na mba of Asata to participate in cooperative activities.

(B)    Determining the extent of women involvement in political, social and economic activities in Asata.

(C)    Guiding the researchers in future study and project writing.

(D)    Proffering general guidelines in forming women cooperative societies in Asata.

1.4   SCOPE OF THE STUDY

        This study is carried out in Asata District of Enugu State.  Which covers the activities of Nwanne di na mba women cooperative society of Asata in Enugu north local government area of Enugu state.

1.5   THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

        The researcher hopes that the findings from this investigations will help in the emancipation of women through co-operative and the development of women co-operative in Asata.  It will also help in increasing the number of materials and literature available for future studies on women emancipation through cooperative in general.

It will help the rural women to know why it is important to join cooperative societies.

Finally, it will help communities with such restrictions to remove or change them for better.

1.6   LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY

        The researcher was faced with some problems as she was conducting the study.  These include.

A      FUNDING:        Being dependent, I found it difficult raising funds for the investigation.

  1. ASSESSIBILITY: Due to logistic problems, it was not easy to get to the root of the women cooperatives for my study.  Consequently, it was difficult to get these women cooperative society.
  2. Transportation difficulty and government interference couple with the bad roads was the problem of high cost of transportation following government deregulation of fuel prices.
  3. Ignorance and secretiveness on the part of the cooperators. This lead to their unwillingness to freely volunteer information to the researcher after even educating them on the aim of the study.

1.7   DEFINITION OF TERMS

        For purpose of clarification the definition of some terms in this project topic is needed.

  1. WOMEN: Women means an adult human female
  2. EMANCIPATION: being free from social, legal or political.
  3. COOPERATIVE: Cooperative is a group of people with a common interest, who has come together to run an enterprise in order to achieve their aims and objectives.

1.8 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  1. Does women of nwanne di na mba of Asata participate In cooperative activities.?
  2. To what extent do women involve in political, social and economic activities in Asata?
  3. What is the impact of women participation in cooperatives in Nigeria especially in Asata Enugu?
  4. Does the women form a tangible cooperative society in Asata Enugu?

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